The long awaited benefits of the pay revision as per the 7th pay commission gets green signal for the central government employees of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). After deliberating over it for almost 10 months, the Finance ministry has approved the proposal.
The employees of FTII had earlier alleged that a ‘goof up’ in the upgradation of the pay scale had caused them inconvenience and loss of funds. The approval comes as a great relief to the institute’s permanent employees whose upgraded salaries in January 2017 were withdrawn two months later after the institute implemented the pay scale revision, “without taking necessary concurrence from the Ministry of Finance.” The “excess salaries” were recovered from 166 staffers from their subsequent salaries between April and May.
A notification for the pay revision was received from the ministry on November 2 said the administrative officials of the institute.
As per the Pune Newsline records, the institute spends Rs.18.9 crore per year on salaries. After the up-graded notification the institute shall spend Rs.20.4 crore per annum on salaries which is Rs.1.5 crore extra per year.
The directives of the Ministry of Finance say that, the additional financial burden of the revision shall be borne by the autonomous bodies working under various ministries. In case the autonomous body is unable to bear the burden, it will approach the concerned ministry (I&B in this case) or the financial advisor, who in turn would consider the proposal and may recommend the MoF to bear 70% of the cost. The rest shall be the responsibility of the concerned autonomous body.
Working on similar directions, the FTII had written to the I&B ministry that the institute is ready to bear the 30% burden (approx 45 lakh per annum) and, hence, the pay revision should be done. However, rather than waiting for a nod from the MoF, the FTII revised the salaries of its staff members, which had led to the glitch.
Now, the FTII Director Bhupendra Kainthola has confirmed recently that he approval from the MoF has been received by the institute on November 2. With the retrospective effect, the pay scale revision will be effecticve from January 2017 and the 30% additional burden shall be borne by the FTII.
The announcement was welcomed by the staffers. A non teaching member, on anonymity, said that, “The announcement has come as a great relief to all of us. The way things were going, we thought it will never happen. Being an employee of the central government, we should get all the benefits.”